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Divya Kumar - Higher Education and Nonprofits Reporter

Higher Education and Nonprofits Reporter

I cover nonprofits and higher education and want to hear the stories, big and small, that make up these worlds. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper and the University of South Florida's The Oracle. I joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Is there something about a nonprofit, college, university or higher education related issue you think people should know about? I'd love to hear from you.

  1. New College announced a guaranteed admissions program for graduates of St. Petersburg College on Friday, March 31, 2023.
  2. Deveron Gibbons makes a point at a St. Petersburg College board of trustees meeting in 2017 during a discussion about presidential candidates for the school. He was named a trustee of Florida A&M University on Wednesday.
  3. A new emergency policy by the Florida Board of Governors clears the way for the state to ban TikTok on all public university campuses.
  4. In this image from a video provided by student protesters, students and campus police officers rush together at the beginning of a clash inside the Patel Center on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus on March 6. The protesters were from the Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society.
  5. Students walk near the Marshall Student Center on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus.
  6. USF senior Jonathon Chavez, 21, seen here at a board of trustees meeting on March 7, 2023, was an author of a resolution approved by student government that was critical of Florida's actions regarding the transgender community.
  7. Gov. Ron DeSantis reacts after signing the Individual Freedom bill, also known as the Stop Woke Act, on April 22, 2022. The law is being challenged in federal court, but two federal rulings — including one on Thursday — have prevented it from being enforced at state colleges and universities.
  8. State University System Chancellor Ray Rodriguez, seen here as a state senator in 2022, is requiring Florida's public universities to submit details of their collective bargaining activities. It was the latest in a recent string of state requests for the schools to produce information.
  9. Gov. Ron DeSantis takes questions during a 2021 event sponsored by USF Health and Tampa General Hospital. USF Health, along with health centers at other state universities, recently responded to the governor's request for records on gender-affirming care.
  10. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to a panelist during a roundtable discussion critical of diversity, equity and inclusion programs at state universities on Monday, March 13, 2023. The session was livestreamed on several online platforms.
  11. Members of Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society hold a news conference on Thursday to protest the arrest of four people who demonstrated with the group Monday on the University of South Florida Tampa campus. From left in the foreground are group members Laura Rodriguez, Gia Davila, Enya Silva (holding a microphone) and Chrisley Carpio.
  12. University of South Florida senior Charles Suor, 20, speaks to members of the school's board of trustees on Tuesday at the Marshall Student Center in Tampa. Suor, president of the Trans+ Student Union, said student organizations are where many students find community and family on campus.
  13. In this image from a video provided by student protesters, students and campus police officers rush together at the beginning of a clash inside the Patel Center on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus on Monday, March 6, 2023. The protesters were from the Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society.
  14. Students gathered near the Sudakoff Center at New College of Florida on Feb. 28, 2023, before a meeting of the school's revamped board of trustees. Speakers and protesters said they hoped the school would remain inclusive and diverse, though the trustees later voted to dismantle New College's diversity office.
  15. Enya Silva, second from left, Estevan Santana, Victoria Hinckley and Yuki Shao hold signs as University of South Florida students and faculty members joined a statewide walkout to protest Gov. Ron DeSantis' education policies on Thursday in Tampa. Many protesters were focused on DeSantis' proposals to limit diversity efforts.
  16. Students and faculty in Florida have protested Gov. Ron DeSantis' education policies. Now, three national organizations are also speaking out against one bill that would have big higher education implications.
  17. Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed six high-profile conservative trustees to New College, the small, public liberal arts school, which soon will be led by former education commissioner Richard Corcoran.
  18. Students join a statewide student walkout to protest Gov. Ron DeSantis’ education policies at the University of South Florida in Tampa on Thursday, February 23, 2023.
  19. Students walk across campus at the University of South Florida, which stands to be affected with the state's other universities and colleges by proposed legislation on higher education for 2023.
  20. Students at the University of South Florida rallied for LGBTQ rights on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, an event that led organizers to help plan Thursday's statewide protest of Gov. Ron DeSantis' education policies.
  21. Students walk through Turlington Plaza at the University of Florida in 2022. Bills affecting diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at Florida colleges and universities have been filed in the state House and Senate.
  22. Richard Corcoran, left, motions to Gov. Ron DeSantis behind him during a news conference in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. Corcoran was Florida's education commissioner at the time. His next job will be interim president at New College of Florida in Sarasota.
  23. Students pass Saint Leo Abbey on the Saint Leo University campus in Pasco County. The school announced Thursday it is streamlining its operations, eliminating 111 faculty and staff positions, and ending three degree programs.